In Uttar Pradesh elections, many women have been in the forefront as compared to any other state assembly elections ever. The country has witnessed several state elections like Maharashtra, Bihar, Haryana and Jharkhand to name a few but none of them had any women faces.
Right from Smriti Irani from BJP, Rita Bahuguna Joshi from Congress, Priyanka Gandhi, Mayawati Behenji and Dimple Bhabhi and Aparna Yadav.
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So many women faces in this election but will they prove their power in this election? It is ironic that Uttar Pradesh which is a bastion of male domination has so many women faces to show. While Mayawati, the BSP supremo is the only contestant and has proved her power in the past, the others are helping out the candidates/parties, Dimple Bhabhi who is helping out her husband Akhilesh, Priyanka who is helping her brother Rahul to Smriti who is campaigning for BJP.
There is no doubt there is a need to encourage more women participation in the elections and support women candidates, but women in supportive role is a welcome change. One hopes that these women warriors will impact the election outcomes.